Artistic Director of Polka Theatre, Peter Glanville today announces their new 2018 season. The new season comprises both new Polka productions and visiting work as well as classes and workshops, celebrating some of the greatest living writers for children.
On the Main Stage, the season opens with an adaptation of Michael Rosen’s classic poem – Chocolate Cake. This new musical version adapted by Glanville and Barb Jungr runs from 23 March to 13 May.
This is followed by a revival of a ‘Polka Classic’ – Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act which premièred at Polka in 2003 and returns next year following a UK tour. Adapted and directed by Vicky Ireland MBE this gripping story opens on 15 June and runs until 5 August.
For younger children, the Adventure Theatre will house an extraordinary puppetry adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s book The Everywhere Bear, and This is My Bed, a unique collaboration with English Touring Opera.
In addition, Techtopia, a festival of digital delights will open on 24 May until 3 June, exploring how technology shapes our lives and our thinking.
This season also marks the launch of the Polka Memories campaign – a new initiative for patrons to share their past memories of the theatre over the last 40 years.
Peter Glanville said today, “Polka’s new season proudly celebrates some of the greatest living writers for children as well as Techotpia a stunning new digital Festival and a unique new collaboration with English Touring Opera.”
Priority booking for Polka supporters opens on Wednesday 15 November at 12 noon, with public booking opening Friday 24 November, 12 noon.